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Friends of Phillis Wheatley High School

Our Mission

Friends of Phillis Wheatley High School serves Wheatley students experiencing poverty, food insecurity, and/or homelessness, by providing them with essential items, such as clothing and personal care items.  We also support students' academic progress and create educational opportunities.

History
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In January 2021, Diane Wolfthal, upon her retirement as a professor at Rice University, wanted to help public school students in need.  Her daughter, Leah Wolfthal, former Executive Director for the Center for Urban Transformation, suggested that she support students at Phillis Wheatley High School.  Diane took as her model two very successful organizations: the Student Support Network in Maryland, founded by Laurie Taylor-Mitchell, and Community Impact in Harlem, where she had once worked.  The administration of Phillis Wheatley High School welcomed the idea of a partnership.  Friends of Phillis Wheatley High School is now a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, which provides clothing and personal care items, recruits tutors, presents awards for art supplies to the art teacher and two students, and organizes museum trips, among other activities.

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Located in the Fifth Ward of Houston, this high school is named after Phillis Wheatley (d. 1773), who was born in West Africa, sold into slavery at age seven or eight, and became a published poet, the first African-American to achieve this distinction.  It has many renowned alumni, including Barbara Jordan, Mickey Leland, and Ruth Simmons, and currently offers a range of classes including several Advance Placement courses.  Nonetheless, ninety-five percent of Wheatley students (or about 750 students) meet the income criteria for free/reduced lunch.

Recent Updates
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Friends of Phillis Wheatley thanks our partners Sri Devaraj and the Sri Sathya Sai Global Council for donating 100 backpacks and school supplies.

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We are pleased to announce a $5000 matching fund. Right now, we’re matching every dollar you give thanks to a generous donor.

With your help, Friends of Phillis Wheatley High School can be a lifeline for students struggling financially. You can be confident that your tax-deductible matched gift will make an impact on these deserving students.

Our organization has no overhead; we have no paid staff or office or storage room. All donations go directly to support the students at Phillis Wheatley High School. If you can help out, please send checks for any amount to: Friends of Phillis Wheatley High School, c/o Wolfthal, 5427 Carew Street, Houston, TX 77096. We will send you a receipt from our 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization.

All gifts given will be doubled until $5000 is matched. Every dollar you give will be matched with $1.

OUR PARTNERS

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Operation Warm

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Sathya Sai Global Council Houston

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St. John's School

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Metropolitan Volunteer Program

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International Center of Medieval Art

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Friends of Phillis Wheatley High School Club at Rice

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180 Degrees Consulting - Rice University

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